Despite overwhelmingly negative reviews from critics, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice made over $170.1 million over Easter weekend, and its gigantic haul makes it the best March opening in history (the previous record holder was The Hunger Games with $152 million). With an estimated $250 million budget, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice should make a sizable profit for Warner Bros. and give the studio momentum with the upcoming DC Comics related release Suicide Squad.
Coming in a distant second was Zootopia, which made $23.1 million, with My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 having a solid #3 debut with $18.1 million. Budgeted at just $13 million, Miracles from Heaven continues to perform brisk business, as it came in at #4 with $9.5 million. To date, Miracles from Heaven has grossed over $34 million domestically.
Here’s this weekend’s top 10:
1. Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice – $170.1 million
Henry Cavill’s journey as the “Man of Steel” continues with Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice. Though the centerpiece of the film deals with the conflict between Superman (Cavill) and the Caped Crusader (Ben Affleck), the pair must also deal with the obviously bigger threat of Lex Luthor (Jesse Eisenberg).
“For me, this very much felt like the development of Superman, of the character we know and love from the comic books,” said Cavill. “We’re still not there yet. (Looking at) the guy growing up – he’s become this “super man” after discovering he was Kal-El in the first movie and now he’s facing off against this second guy and it’s a tough outing for him because it’s against a psychological enemy, as opposed to a physical enemy like Zod (Michael Shannon).”
Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice, co-starring Gal Gadot and Diane Lane, is now playing nationwide.
Click on the media below to hear Henry Cavill talk about the hero’s journey of Superman in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.
Based on the book Hank Williams: The Biography, I Saw The Light centers on the aforementioned singer-songwriter (Tom Hiddleston) who would change the face of country music. Elizabeth Olsen co-stars in the feature as Hank’s wife and muse Audrey Williams, a strong-spirited woman who determinedly carved out a music career of her own.
Thanks to their previous work together in the Marvel Universe and their collaboration with I Saw The Light director Marc Abraham, the chemistry between Hank and Audrey, whether grounded in passion or antipathy, is electric. Olsen effectively conveys Audrey’s frustration in being second fiddle in Hank’s personal and professional life, and during this week’s press conference she talked about the creative joy of working a character driven movie (which, by the way, is supported by first rate music).
“For me, it is a breath of fresh air to be on an intimate set and to have momentum,” says Olsen, whose previous credits include Martha Marcy May Marlene and Oldboy. “And to have speed and not wait around and to not be waiting on a trailer for six hours and then you have thirty seconds to save the world in one look, you know? That’s a lot of pressure (laughs)! To me it’s a lot more fun to have a creative argument about how we are blocking or over stepping each other’s lines in a hallway and how we’re going to film that and how we’re going to change it and try something out.”
Click on the media bar to hear Elizabeth Olsen detail the benefits of working in the “moment to moment” feeling behind I Saw The Light (she also breaks down the complexities of and why she loves working on Marvel films).
I Saw The Light, co-starring Cherry Jones as Hank’s dedicated mother Lillie, opens in New York and Los Angeles. To check out our interview with Tom Hiddleston, please go to our sister site Deepest Dream.
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justicehas received absolutely horrible reviews, and with such a low critics rating on Rotten Tomatoes, you might want to spend your hard earned dollars elsewhere.
During this week’s CinemAddicts, we review the mind-bending Turkish horror film Baskin, a feature which blends dreamscapes, the supernatural, and gore into one tasty and satisfying gumbo pot. The nightmarish story centers on five cops who investigate an abandoned building, only to find an underworld filled with evildoers that harbor a taste for flesh. If you’re not a huge fan of gore, some of the movie’s sequences may leave you squeamish, but the overall world created in Baskin is definitely unique and ultimately terrifying.
Ethan Hawkeplays jazz man Chet Baker in the feature Born To Be Blue, a movie that, though filled with fictional accounts of his life, captures the emotional truth and artistic journey behind the trumpeter. Both Baskin and Born to Be Blue are IFC releases that hit select theaters Friday and will also be available on VOD.
I also give my take on the Hank Williams biopic I Saw The Light, which hits select cities Friday. Tom Hiddleston (Thor) gives one of his best performances as the tortured and talented country artist, while Elizabeth Olsen is also magnetic as Hank’s strong willed wife Audrey.
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One of Michael Moore’s more entertaining and humorous documentaries, Where to Invade Next hits Blu-ray, DVD and VOD on May 10.
Moore, whose previous credits include Fahrenheit 9/11 and Bowling for Columbine, travels throughout the world to get a few ideas on how to, pardon the Trump pun, make America great again. After learning a thing or two about how such countries as France, Italy Slovenia, Finland, and Italy handle their business, Moore plants a flag on their soil and takes their ideas back to America.
Though the tone of the documentary has a more amiable approach to satire, Moore manages to give viewers a different look at how other countries approach such complex matters as the prison system, the labor force (eight weeks paid vacation in Italy!), and education (college is free in Slovenia).
To hear our review of Where To Invade next, check out the following episode of the Hollywood Outbreak/Cold Cockle Productions podcast CinemAddicts.